When a doctor from Michigan, indicted for healthcare fraud, called me, his voice was heavy with the weight of his new reality. At 52, facing charges that threatened to upend his life, his questions were ones I’ve heard too often: Is my life over? What about prison, my medical license? Where do I even begin? This struggle to face reality, to understand the next steps, is precisely what I cover in our new 10-part podcast series. As Seneca once said, “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

In each episode, we tackle the tough stuff – how to accept what’s happening, keep your head disciplined, and find the courage to do the hard things that feel uncomfortable but are necessary. I share some of my story and the lessons I learned, not just about how I got through it, but about how anyone can face such challenges head-on.

We talk about being honest with yourself, setting boundaries that keep you on track, and why having people in your corner matters. It’s about facing the truth of your situation. As Marcus Aurelius puts it, “Don’t fill your mind with all the bad things that might still happen. Stay focused on the present situation and ask yourself why it’s so unbearable and can’t be survived.” Ignoring reality might seem easier in the short term, but in the long run, it’s a recipe for disaster.

This series is about more than just getting through a tough time or a “healthcare fraud” indictment; it’s about coming out the other side with a plan, confidence, and your dignity intact. It’s for anyone who’s been knocked down and is wondering how to get back up again. It’s about embracing the reality of your situation, maintaining discipline even when it’s tough, and finding the courage to take steps that might feel daunting. This isn’t just about getting through; it’s about emerging ready to move forward with purpose.

I hope you find value in the podcasts I spent a lot of time creating. I will post the first podcast (and a summary of the podcast) tomorrow.

Justin Paperny